The final list for the IPL 2022 Mega Auctions was announced earlier on Tuesday which had names of 590 players who will go under the hammer on 12 and 13 February in Bengaluru. From Australia's David Warner, Pat Cummins, South Africa's Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada to India's Shreyas Iyer, R Ashwin, and Yuzvendra Chahal, so many big names in cricket will wait for a franchise to pick them for the next three years.
Out of the 590 registered players, there are 228 capped players, 355 uncapped players, and 7 players belong to Associate Nations. INR 2 crore is the highest reserve price and as many as 48 players have chosen to place themselves in this bracket. There are 20 players on the auction list with a reserve price of INR 1.5 crore while 34 players are on the list of cricketers with a reserve price of INR 1 crore. The highest number of players from an overseas country is from Australia (47) while the least are from Zimbabwe, Nepal, and USA (1 each). There are four categories under which the players have registered their names- all-rounder, batter, wicketkeeper, and bowler.
These are the common trends that are visible to the naked eye, but a Twitter user found some out-of-the-box trends in the final list. Erika Morris produced some really great analysis on the final list and pointed out a few trends. She started with the average age (26) of the players that have registered for the mega auction. The youngest player to have registered his name in the auction is of 17 years of age (Noor Ahmad from Afghanistan) while the oldest one is 43 years of age (Imran Tahir of South Africa).
Only 17% batter in list!!
Erika pointed out a really interesting fact that is out and out batters a dying trend? Upon analyzing the full list of 590 registered players, it was found out that 38% are all-rounders, 34% bowlers, and only 17% batters in the list.
While analyzing the country with the highest and lowest % of their players in each specialism Erika found out that Afghanistan has the highest percentage of bowlers (53%) while West Indies has the lowest (23.53%).
England has the highest percentage of batters (29%) while Australia has the lowest (19.15%). The highest percentage of all-rounders is from West Indies (47%) while Afghanistan has the lowest (23.53%).
Apart from specialism the style of batting (Right-handed or left-handed) also saw a trend with Bangladesh having the highest percentage (80%) of left-handed batters.
Upon analyzing the average starting price of players, it was found out that players from England have the highest starting price (1.35 crores approximately). Meanwhile, Indian players' starting price is average 35 lakhs.
Also, South Africa has the most uncapped players after India in IPL 2022 Mega Auctions.